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AP Top Science News at 9:10 p.m. EST

Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said....

What We Know: Scientists find Einstein's gravity waves
Scientists say they have finally detected gravitational waves, proving Einstein right again. Here's what we know:...

Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again....





Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new study says a person's risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals....

Alternate sites considered for embattled giant telescope
HONOLULU (AP) -- A group building one of the world's largest telescopes wants to start construction no later than April 2018- even if that means it will have to build the telescope somewhere other than Hawaii....

California residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs
PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) -- Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them."...

Officials in Hawaii create nursery for fast-growing coral
HONOLULU (AP) -- Most of Hawaii's species of coral is unlike other coral around the world in that it grows very slowly, making restoration projects for endangered reefs in the state difficult....

Indian scientists study chunk that fell from sky, killed man
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India, after authorities said it was a meteorite....

AP Explains: Just what are Einstein's gravitational waves?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Astronomers on Thursday announced that their new billion-dollar U.S. observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here's what that breakthrough means....

Oklahoma wildfires threaten homes; smoke risky for drivers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Grass fires pushed along by 35 mph wind gusts forced an elementary school to keep some children after hours Tuesday as wildfires threatened Oklahoma ahead of its annual tornado season....